The National Park Service says someone has been doing a lot more than hiking in a section of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where more than 3500 marijuana plants, with a value of about $10.5 million dollars were seized.
The plants were found in the Zuma/Trancas Canyon areas, along with a sophisticated growing operation. Rangers say the seized more than two miles of plastic hose, for irrigation systems. Water was diverted from some nearby creeks, and the rangers say the growers caused major damage by cutting down native plants, and leaving behind nearly a ton of garbage. No arrests have been made in connection with the find.